Monday, June 19, 2017

Pineapples, Christmas and Flowers

In January at the Road 2 California quilt show I took Anita Grossman Solomon's two color pineapple quilt.  My friend Janice took the class too and didn't want to start a new quilts so she made a couple of these blocks in the class.  So thanks Janice.  I finally finished it!  Yea!  I love it.  It can either be a Halloween quilt or if you are a San Francisco Giant's fan, it could be a quilt for you.

In binding it, I found a whole section I forgot to quilt.  That has happened before.  Try as you might, you sometimes just miss a spot.

And here are a couple little quilts for gifts or the guild's boutique.  The angel is actually a lap sized quilt - just looks small and the floral quilt is only 23" square.

This was a kit I got at Keepsake Quilting in 2014.
For Father's Day I headed up north to see my dad.  But on Sunday morning I met my husband and his folks and Kelly, Chad and my grandkids in Los Banos (centrally located for all of us).  They are starting a new life in Utah and leave this Tuesday.  So sad they will be so far away but excited for this new adventure.  Jack starts 1st grade next year so they wanted to get him enrolled in time for school.  So it was not only a celebration of Father's day but a goodbye time with the kids.

Jack is into math.  He kept asking me to give him math problems.  

And Dylan is just a sweetie with a great smile.  
And the weekend before I went to the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley.  Took a bus tour there with two friends, Debbie and Elaine.  I really enjoyed it.  They had a great exhibit of Titanic stuff and a cool lapel pin display of all Madison Albright's pins (brooches) which was really interesting.

Thanks for looking.  13 sleeps until 7 of my friends and I head to Sisters Oregon for the Sisters Quilt Show.  So excited.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bags, bags, bags and boutique items

I went on a mini retreat at a friends house this past weekend.  It was a great time - just 3 of us and very relaxing.  Lots of good food and fellowship.  Her husband is a top-notch barbeque-r.  And I had fun dancing and playing with her granddaughter who was also there.

I got a lot done.  First I finished the 2016/2017 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery quilt top.  It's a very spring like quilt.  Not sure how I want to quilt it.  Hopefully when I pin it tomorrow night something will come to me.

I also got these two boutique item tops done.

I also worked on a couple bags.  The small one on the left I finished before I left, but the other's I made this weekend.  They have a vinyl front so you can see what's in your bag.  It's a pattern called Whatcha Got? from This & That.

I also made this doozy of a bag.  It gave me fits and I would not have been able to do it if I wasn't with Anna.  She has made enough bags to figure out what the directions meant.  There are a lot of parts to it and the naming could have been done a little better.  I made some mistakes and Anna had some solutions so I didn't have to start over.  I really like the bag.  It opens wide like an old fashioned doctor's bag.  I am going to use it as my cosmetic travel bag.  The pattern is called Tool Tote by Quilts Illustrated.

And this little girl was very happy mommy came home.
Tomorrow I pin the quilts above and with that I will have 5 quilts that will be pinned and ready for me to quilt.  I bought a used Koala Cabinet for my sewing room and this will be the first real test to see how I like it.  I finally got the insert but there is still a little lip that I'm hoping won't cause me problems.  We shall see.  I got the table for $200 so I couldn't pass it up.  So if I only use it for a short time, I'm okay with that.

Thanks for looking.  Oh and 30 days until me and 7 friends will be leaving for our adventure to Sister's Oregon for the outdoor Sister's Quilt Show.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

FQS Sew Sampler & Fig Tree & Co Little Box of Fig quilts

So I belong to two surprise boxes, you know you get a box of quilting goodies and you don't know what's inside.  One I get monthly (the Fat Quarter Shop's Sew Sampler) and one quarterly (Fig Tree & Co. Little Box of Fig).  They are so fun to receive - you have no idea what you'll get but so far it's always been wonderful things and they always include fabric and a pattern to use with the fabric.
Here are the boxes.

So the first one is the Fig Tree quarterly box.  I LOVE her fabrics.  I think I have about 5 or 6 of her latest fat quarter packs waiting for just the right pattern to use them in.  But this was the fabric and quilt in the last box.

And here is the quilt from the March 2017 Sew Sampler box.  It's the Alice in Wonderland fabrics.

And while taking pictures, Needle had to get in on the action.

I'm also participating in the Quilt Show's block of the month.  For some reason at the beginning of April I was able to download both April and May's clues so I went ahead and finished both months.

I have to admit that those arcs were a pain in the neck but I really like how they look.  I love this quilt so far.

Now I need to start working on the guild's challenge quilt.  Since I'm the committee chairperson, I better have a quilt to show.  The theme is to pick an iconic song and create a quilt (any size) that represents that song.  Not only will people get to vote on their favorite quilt, but we'll also have a contest to see if people can guess the song by looking at the quilts.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Graduation Gift and a Mystery Revealed

My nephew graduates from high school this year.  I decided to let him pick a pattern and colors and I think he did great.  This is his quilt.

Simple straight line quilting.

Saw a tutorial on Pinterest how to make the label in the binding.
This is a pattern from Connecting Threads called Move Over.  I added one extra set of colors to make it a bit wider and also made it a little longer.  Wanted it to fit his dorm bed.  I also used a great wool flannel for the back.  A pretty simple pattern as long as you keep your strips in order.

I also finished our guilds mystery quilt.  It's not due until August so I'm ahead of the game here too.  I found some fabrics in my stash for the front and back!  Love when that happens.  The fabrics were actually from a kit that I got from a friendship group member that passed away a few years ago.  I realized I wouldn't make her pattern so de-constructed her kit.

Only one of these was on my 2017 Goal list of quilts I wanted to finish this year.  The Mystery Quilt was #11.   So 5 of the 15 are done.  Woo Hoo!

Also when my mom passed away my sisters and I went through all her needlework stuff.  She crochet and knitted and cross stitch (and card/scrapping, and...okay - she was crafty) and she had this tulip table runner started.  I decided to finish the bunch of florals she started and stop there.  I made a pillow with it.  Just in time for my spring decorating.

This past weekend was the local quilt show, Best of the Valley.  I entered two quilts and ended up getting a third place ribbon on one.  (The friendship group challenge - stack 'n whack quilt)  Amazingly I didn't take any pictures.  I got there just a couple hours before the show closed and had to docent the last two hours, and of course I had to do some shopping.  It's a great show, so if you are ever in the central valley of California in April, please make a point to come to the show.  I always love to read what the judges say too.  Some things I agree with.  One of the comments was that I should have quilted more in the applique of the Coxcomb quilt.  I had thought about that when quilting it but that was my design choice to not quilt more in it.  Judging is subjective and I understand that and don't get too worked up over their choice of winners.

Thanks for looking.  I have a lot of little projects to work on.  Well, the Quilt Show block of the month is a biggie - that should take a while with a lot of curved flying geese paper piecing blocks.

Friday, April 7, 2017


I spent the last week in Arizona to meet my new and only Great Niece.  I took my dad as he wanted to hold his great granddaughter.  My sisters and my brother also went so it was kind of a mini reunion.  Here's she is.  She is such a good baby.
I got to babysit her for an hour and what fun it was.

I had never been to Arizona so I got to see some great things.  We spent a couple hours on Lake Saguero.  Saguero is the type of cactus all around the lake.

So stinkin' cute.

There was some fishing.  This is my brother-in-law (aka Grandpa now)

My nephew Garrett with my dad.  Garrett is another nephew, the brother of the baby's dad.  
 We also took a trip to Sedona.

And to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens.  Who knew cacti could be so beautiful.

Me and my two sister.  
And we got to visit some old friends.

A friend of ours from high school and church in San Jose.

And a great neighbor from San Jose -one of my moms best friends.
Another reason for the trip was to hand deliver the wedding quilt (posted picture on 3/5/17) and the I spy quilt (posted 2/12/17) for my sister to keep for when her granddaughter visits.  Also to bring a knitted afghan that my mom made for her future grandchildren.  (Made before she passed away.)  

We rented an AirBNB house so it was perfect for us to entertain and stay together.  It was a great trip and I so enjoy spending time with my sisters and family.  

Sorry - no quilts to post although I did finish my nephews graduation quilt yesterday when we got home.  I just haven't taken pictures yet.  Hopefully tomorrow.  I did go to two quilt stores while gone.  I got a couple 1/2 yard pieces of fabric - but nothing to write home about.  The stores were okay - just nothing that absolutely needed.  

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Catching Up

Feels like I'm always catching up.  So much to do.  I finished machine quilting the final two quilts that I had pinned a couple weeks ago.  I'm still working on the binding on one, but here is the one for my nephew and his wife.

It's a free pattern called Bravo Indigo from Michael Miller Fabrics.  My colors are navy, white and yellow.  I didn't use the Michael Miller Fabrics, I used the grunge fabric by Moda.  Here's a link to the pattern.

I was afraid that they would be afraid to use it so I made sure there was some soft and fun fabrics on the back.  I got this  Texas A&M fleece.  I also used batting so it's pretty fluffy and heavy. They have  a cabin so I'm sure they will use it there.

I did catch up on the Fat Quarter Shop designer mystery quilt - blocks 8 & 9.

And I'm caught up to February on The Quilt Show's mystery.

I also machine embroidered 5 labels and 2 Christmas projects to work on eventually.  The labels I will work on attaching this week as well.  So much to do.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Two more quilt tops done

Two weeks ago I pinned 6 quilts.  I finished 2 easy ones right of way (see previous post) and this past week I finished two more.  The first one I finished was this one.  It's not my top.  It's for a lady from my friendship group who doesn't quilt much anymore but has a few tops she wants finished.  I just machine quilt for her.  (She's a hand quilter.)

I got the ruler machine quilting foot for my Bernina and decided to try using it with this quilt.  It will take a while to get more comfortable using them, but I can tell I was better at it by the end of the quilt.  Practice, practice, practice.  I will probably use a straight edge ruler for one or both of the 2 remaining quilts I have to finish.

I then decided to work on this English Paper Pieced quilt top.  I started this more than 10 years ago, usually piecing in the car when my husband and I would go to Cambria on the weekends.  The fabrics are all from quilts I've made over the years.  The top has been done for over 2 years and finally figured out how I wanted to quilt it.  I also have been hoarding a piece of Merimekko fabric for years that I decided to use for the back.

Two more quilts to go before I can piece again.   I have a lot of BOM's to catch up on once I get to it.  The next two quilts are pretty modern and I'm researching magazines and Pinterest for ideas.  Still haven't decided.

Tomorrow I have a play to go to.  Dirty Dancing is playing in Fresno.  So I have another day to research before I get down to business of quilting again.

Thanks for looking.